2BDYNAMIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=2BDYNAMIC 2BDYNAMIC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ -Celebrating My Five Years With Sparks ...And ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320246 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a59ead50-9521-46cb-b193-3182a1365740.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First and foremost, I extend my gratitude to Sparks ... as I truly am enjoying health and fitness because of all they have done for me .... They have provided all the tools, a rich community, great professional coaches and more .... Also want to thank all who have sparked me in so many ways ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2d4f480-93ea-43f3-8e40-62142de91b3e.p... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:50:14 EST -The Message is Simple- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313933 Will I ever 'get there' and be able to stop? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51d4d0a7-e7f6-4188-a4ba-9253c4464e11.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There may be moments you get tired ..maybe discouraged. <BR> When you do .... stop at the top of the stairs and look down ... <BR> Be glad for how far you have come. <BR> <BR> If you woke up today ... be happy you are alive. <BR> ........Keep going. <BR> If you are not fully satisfied yet, <BR> .......Keep going. <BR> If you reached g... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:29:11 EST -Be Unstoppable!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312213 In conversation with a friend one day, she confided needing to lose weight and a lot of it!.... At the time we were working in a large corporation who offered special rates to the employees at a fitness center close by. I invited her to join me as they offered such a variety of fun activities to choose from. I threw in, "And they have a big beautiful pool and Jacuzzi!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2dcf44ec-9a81-4d85-b06d-4ec4d1e7369d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 09:06:05 EST -Dont Let Rain Fall On Your Parade! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309563 You are flying so high you could almost reach out and touch the moon and the stars!! You know the feeling. You are just about to burst. So happy.. Exhilarated! ...You have to tell somebody! ..... Haven't we all been there at some point? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e18a9a13-7754-4b3e-a11c-ae2a4bba379e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But then ..Aha!.... Here comes someone! They Are going to be SO <BR> excited for me!! ...... We can jump for joy! .....Can't we? ....Think agai... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 09:46:29 EST -When Not Feelin The Love-DO It Anyway- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306716 I will spare you 'most of the gory details' ... But I must admit... on day 3 of a miserable cold that dropped into my chest .... have coughed my brains out and gone through a case or more of Puffs! ...Achoo!! ..Oh excuse me!! .... (I covered my mouth) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03c2dda8-9bb5-4b05-b8ef-b9ab10abfcd1.jpg"> <BR> Yes! that' me this week. the one in the middle! <em>338</em> Arf! <BR> <BR> Now then, I am glad I have a take charge' ....no nonsens... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:38:07 EST -Why Not Take a Pause Break- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303821 It is true it is Monday ...Monday again. <BR> Back to the grind for some ... hustle and bustle of life ...watching the clock ... and racing <BR> through your day in attempt to check one more thing off your busy 'to do' list .... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d240aa57-8ce0-433f-8d0f-a26521145772.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you sometimes feel blown away by demands, a list of tasks that do not end til long after the sun goes down ... Believe me, I know the feeling all too ... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:12:22 EST -Adventures in The Treasure Trove Team- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301963 I am one of those fortunate people who happen to be married to the love of life. When we first met I didn't know until later, after many a perilous voyage, he would also become my best friend and one of the greatest influences in my adult life. He truly keeps my flame burning bright. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bfb402ef-2291-4e16-acbb-86a36c6848be.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What an amazing thing it is in life to be truly one in heart with someone. <BR> They say "Gre... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:21:17 EST -Taking An Interest In Others- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295966 When I announced I was going to retire by January 1 of this year, my friends and those who knew me well said, " You won't make it!..... "with your A personality you will never be able to kick back and " take life easy"......" I will believe it when I see it!"...."Yeah Right!".... " you will be bored out of your mind!"..."Lonely and isolated." ....Sheesh! Am I to be marooned on a deserted island? <em>40</em> --if only someone would come along and put me out of my misery!) ....lol <BR> .... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:59:10 EST -OSCAR BUZZ 2017-of Sparks!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293721 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a817996e-559f-4350-9cb8-d20733fd1764.png"> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the Sparks 2017 Oscars! ...There is lots of Oscar Buzz and this is an exciting time to be in here! I feel as if I have a front row seat watching the stars walk the red carpet and take to the stage before the Sparks Academy ..... as they collect the Sparks Golden Globe..... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3860214-5802-4576-9494-cb64beeca397.jpg"> <BR... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 09:25:35 EST -Hunting For TreaSure- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289437 Did you know there is a wealth of knowledge in the Sea of Treasure of Gold and precious coins .... found right here in our fellow members blogs. I have been here in Sparks five years next month. This year I plan to re-chart my course and voyage out into the deep in search of Gold. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ab84068-7983-44bc-9f35-186eaa62cc73.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And it is here. But not always in the obvious places. Gold Treasure is more often found beneath th... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:51:17 EST -TatTered OLD ReSolUtions-vs nEw FitNeSs fOr dUmMiEs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287371 Did you know nearly one half Americans make New Years Resolutions but only 8% keep them. <BR> The secret to keeping them according to Sparks is to make the 'right' ones to begin with. <BR> Good to know and I thought I would share the plans that work best for me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b57928a-a08f-44ba-8251-017c418f6687.jpg"> <BR> <BR> #1. Do any of your former NY Resolutions look like THIS? .... <BR> #2. Did the last Resolution see you through ... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:37:04 EST -Thank YOU Spark Community!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284794 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aadb738a-eede-44e2-9876-465d09299340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wanted to write a Special message to all of you who have been so kind to read my blogs over the past year. I thoroughly enjoy reading your input and YOUR contribution uplifts my spirit, while making the entire process so fulfilling! Also thank you for thinking of me as you have sent many a goodie with a sweet message. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c7b3b89-... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 08:22:15 EST -The Problem With Pajamas- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283664 Don't you just love it when you get one of those 'Aha' moments!... They can be so life-changing! And, they seem to come when you least expect them!.... They just happen. Take mine for instance, when I realized there was two unsuspecting things I could blame for getting me off track! (briefly of course) ....(wink-wink) <BR> <BR> 1. The nasty weather of course! <BR> 2. And then my Pajamas... <BR> They came in that order . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:24:20 EST You Just May Have Some Hidden Treasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281727 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de6b4d5a-48c6-4cb4-b3f3-3407796911b7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First I want to share a few pictures I took from our ice storm right outside our front door... Portland, Oregon was all over the news for being one of the worst places for ice storms and we are just a little bit south of there... Many trees have fallen over and the power just came back on right now after being off for two hours this morning.... Needless to say it has been freezing cold! ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:31:46 EST -Each Of You Are a Star- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272419 I admit to feeling a little nostalgic today..... but I will be glad for the good things in my life, which far out measure the bad. <BR> <BR> Last week I wrote a blog about giving thanks for you. <BR> <BR> Many of us here have family and yet, many of us do not. <BR> Our Thanksgiving was a bit different this year and my husbands Father, recently passed away. <BR> The table where he sat each year was empty. His presence was and will be missed by so many who loved him and his infectious ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:17:09 EST -SO GLAD I Wasn't Born a TURKEY!!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270668 Have you ever really thought about it? .... Why you and I were created in the human family and not born a turkey .... a dog, a cat, or a mouse? ....... I mean ......Really! ....Do we take this for granted? .... Why is one born into the animal kingdom and not a person? ........ We could speculate til the cows come home, but the point is this is one thing I give simply must give thanks for! Whew .......I do not want to end up on the inside of someone's stove looking out! ... <BR> This morning... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:41:34 EST -This Season I Give Thanks For YOU!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268937 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3089251b-ce69-4b31-94a9-547ab5215746.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where on Earth can people of all walks come together in such a remarkable way as Sparks! .... <BR> Across the continents, only through this amazing website, have I been able to make friends, where we support one another with a listening ear and caring heart! ....For this reason, I wish to express my thanks to Sparks for making it all possible and to YOU regardless of where you are in your j... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:22:25 EST -Never Give In, Give Out, Or Give Up!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266599 It is inevitable we will face obstacles and challenges in this lifetime. <BR> They may be ordinary or they may be life-threatening . No matter what the size, it's how we face them and what we do determines the outcome. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1fd59ad9-5e84-4a6d-bb73-1d50685cb19e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I faced a life threatening challenge in my late 20s. <BR> It was then I saw a team of orthopedists and surgeons trying to figure out why I had severe sciatic p... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:27:54 EST -When Tempted-Try This FiRST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261577 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f54a023-1564-47b4-8c7e-29a87f471590.jpg">I <BR> <BR> This picture is a reminder of how important it is to "Stay on The Straight and Narrow." .....Especially if you find yourself in a pinch like this! .... Yikes! .... <BR> <BR> Allow me to cut to the chase. I stayed home from work one day as I had acute laryngitis ... Nothing to snivel about, but isn't it something how if you are like me, your body thinks it needs some kind of special ki... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 21:13:33 EST -Finding The R-E-A-L YOU Inside- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259753 Did you know the image you see in your mirror is most likely NOT the REAL you .... unless of course, you have reached your goal and full potential for fitness. .... "Then who am I looking at if it is not ME in the mirror?" you might ask. ..... The "real" you is hidden within you, waiting for you to take the keys and unlock your "Full Potential." .... You see, we ALL have a potential to reach our 'ideal' weight for our individual frame, be fit, healthy and happy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:59:43 EST -The Woman In The Mirror- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256833 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edb8536b-774e-482a-b44a-06f55eed2cd5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looking through the eyes of innocence is a whole other world.... <BR> As a child, I asked my Mother if we could buy 'such an such.' <BR> She answered, "No, we can't afford it right now." ...... "But, I questioned, "Well you could just write a check." ....... I thought that's what adults did. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e34e92ea-02d8-4a4d-beda-ea250c3cb788.jpg... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:50:49 EST -Don't Let Anyone Trick You With "Treats"- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254147 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5239c46-e3b8-4285-a0a6-879932f51458.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Get ready! Temptation is going to come knocking at your door! .... If only Temptation was as obvious as the nose on the witch's face, we wouldn't open the door would we? .... Unfortunately, the tempter does not always have a wicked look and an unsightly wart. Sometimes, they are quite sweet and likable people. Maybe someone you know. Beware anyway! <BR> <BR> And something that has been o... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:00:59 EST -Do You Have a Mantra?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250811 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0dce98d8-a9e4-4485-a5e3-dc39383fb2a3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Any of you remember that one? Go thru each petal......he loves me, he loves me not? <BR> This picture reminded me of my new mantra ...... which I consider before falling into a web of deceit. "Will it Do something FOR me ..........or TO me?" ..... <BR> In addition to making 'small changes daily" I added this mantra and it is working! .... <BR> Again, the picture reminds me to LOVE myself .... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:27:11 EST -Shhh! Don't Tell! I'm Getting a Head Start!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247801 I got to thinking, If the three little pigs could outsmart the big bad wolf who wanted to devour them, why can't you and I learn from that lesson? . Truth is, I believe we CAN! .... Let's do some brainstorming! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a213f993-c3d7-49bc-a191-23c092def308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As we all recall, the wise pigs got a 'head start' on their journey to town! .... And that got <BR> me to thinking and devising a plan for success! <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:00:10 EST -I NEED Motivation-Said NO KID Ever!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245110 Looking back, I do not recall a time when any of my three children said "Mom, I need motivation to go play; ....However, a spark friend, and team member asked this week on the wall , "what motivates you?" (ALLTHE CUPCAKES) <BR> <BR> Good question. <BR> Actually, you know none of us need be a magician to pull the rabbit out of the hat.. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f994cab6-542e-4a09-b862-6165b39bac9f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes things are under our very nose ...... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 11:18:02 EST Boy! Did I EVER Get Away With Something! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240515 Am I the only one who this has ever happened to? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86406146-8c45-47fe-9837-1b98fdc6a3bc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's 'Rush Hour' and you race anxiously through traffic to the grocery store for those 'three' items for the dinner you 'meant' to plan, but again forgot. Nonetheless, As you muscle your way through the crowded aisles, you wonder, "What was it again?" .... <BR> But you know, I made a discovery. I really did. I discovered there ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:12:44 EST -There is LIFE To LIVE Outside the Cubicle- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236800 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8de9d7cc-3f8a-41de-981b-53bfa980ee1e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Who says the Honeymoon has to end? .... Whether it is in marriage, relationships, or our initial honeymoon on Sparks.... I am finding ways to rekindle the flame. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of September I said, "this is my month" ... <BR> First of all after 38 to 40 years of service in healthcare I am able to finally semi retire ... <BR> I still have my 'hand in it' but with half the t... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:50:16 EST -Who Doesn't Like Saving $$?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232403 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ebad3a3e-38b2-48df-862a-28d408969e71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Who enjoys watching money leave our hands ....almost faster than we can make it? Not Me! And probably not you either, right? But you know, just because it is your 'day off' is no reason you can not still be earning money without leaving your home ......What? <em>40</em> ....How can I be making money if i am not working? C'mon! .Let's get out of that box ......and expand our minds. <B... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 17:03:48 EST -If I Don't Take Care of Me-WHO WILL? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229402 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec819b6b-6071-4eec-9f1a-a8219778049f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed what happens to your home if you were to let things go for days on end? .. For instance, can't find the car keys or that important receipt; the trash and recycling is mountain high and the dishes are sky high in the sink and all over-the-counter...not to mention: ignoring that ant trail! Now I know that's a bit far fetched as I'm sure most of us would not let thi... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:01:32 EST Oh No! I Got BUZZED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225641 Unfortunately, it is true! ....I am old enough to know better and, believe me, I did not deliberately set out to get Buzzed ..... But life is funny and in a single moment, my life changed before my eyes!.... It has been a long...... long time since anything like this has happened ... But here goes: (Please try not to judge) ...lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ec6702c-c9d7-4dc9-b9ca-6a821cd531ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First I am going to tell what happened in rever... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:36:12 EST Are You Getting Enough ME Time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223026 Is ME time something we put on the 'back burner' .... while we postpone quiet moments of sheer solitude away from noise and busyness for later? .... Maybe something we will get 'when we retire' ..... Who knows ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12583efd-f9d8-4d20-8fdf-e28ef2f201fa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I remember the earliest years........Kindergarten, where "time-outs" were actually a brief nap. We were each issued a mat and we laid down without making a peep...... W... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:39:59 EST -I'm In Spark People Heaven!' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217742 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b3813a6-a0b7-465b-a298-0a405c951d1a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got up early and gave my hubby a gift .... He will find out when he logs on to Sparks! .... shhh .... Don't tell him! ....(52BINCE)..... I'm not sure if he would have bought it for himself ....so I took no chances! ..... I love waking up to happy surprises, don't you?.... <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> What was the gift, you ask? ... <BR> Well I heard him complaining about all the pop up ads he... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:57:11 EST -Will Rushing Get Us 'There' Faster?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216539 Which do you think is the wiser approach to fitness? Consistency in balancing exercise and eating healthy or pressuring ourselves to 'get to our goals at break neck speeds? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a68dcdb3-d8ef-4ae3-a798-33cfc65ff2de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I remember the day my dad took me out for a driving lesson. In heavy traffic. <BR> He sat quietly in the passenger seat as I came out of our neighborhood and stopped briefly to get on the freeway.... Too bri... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 06:31:29 EST Keep Your Spark Turned On! .. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212670 When I get up each morning I turn lights on and open a window to to let me know it's time to wake up and come out of that cozy slumber. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d388ce3f-1c29-4d0b-a7c9-4600790e2f03.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the next things I do to start my morning is to turn my Spark lights on and get connected. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef214a43-bcfc-4a53-99b7-f31c1200b5c6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like to read through the frien... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:56:17 EST -From Hand To Mouth- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209217 Ever wonder where it all began ......... That 'wanting to stick things in our mouth' for comfort? Recently a Spark Friend said she was having a struggle ..... going through painful physical therapy and afterwards having food cravings to thwart the pain. Brainstormed what to do ....... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/422adabb-b215-4960-a3d6-a5509edab1a0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am posting part of my response to her .... <BR> <BR> It's a natural response to pain to com... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:02:59 EST -NEVER Apologize For Who You Are!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205284 Today I read a post from someone' who admitted to being 'ashamed' of being seen by anyone if she were 'caught' exercising. She said she could only exercise when 'no one' was watching. <BR> I wanted to jump from my page right to where she was and say, "C'mon ..........I will go walk with you in public or go to the gym with you! ..... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df5d55b0-59ae-4ae2-a0d6-20373dc14aba.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I care enough about my body and my health ...... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:54:29 EST -HURRY! Comb Your Bed Hair!!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201921 One trick to fitness Motivation is to NOT look in the mirror first thing in the morning and see THIS! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdb1b932-face-408e-a3db-7859980571c7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Why....Should I wear a hairnet to bed? <BR> What could happen?" You ask <BR> Pictures are suggestive and I will explain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e42cb0ed-1e0d-46a2-9d07-b05e5bcb6116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This kind of rumpled image speaks softly .... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:11:57 EST -Our Lifestyle Can Make Us or Break Us!- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197499 I ask: Who can afford to be sick in terms of high health care costs , let alone endure something we could have prevented. ...Certainly some things may be due to injury, some genetic, and things out of our control. But many illnesses are preventable if we will exercise our common sense, exercise and eat well; ...the dollars and cents we save may be our entire life savings. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2baf7ec-4e6b-4ef7-8119-015d1e94a5f6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For an... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:03:46 EST -Please Help Me Blow Out All These Birthday Candles- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192817 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce6985ec-7cc7-4de5-99db-b2a4b53a1815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This Sunday marks a 'milestone' birthday for me ......... But don't ask me <BR> to 'hold up fingers to reveal my age.' ........ (I don't have enough fingers for <BR> this one!) '..... I can tell you this:, it will "take a village" to blow out all the candles! <BR> ( I need your help friends LOL) ....But, don't worry; It's still in the two digit range) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 07:05:08 EST How Many Spark Tools Do You Use Daily? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189268 If I had not taken a measurement lately, I would not have known I had lost 2.5" off my waist! .... How exciting is that! ...... In less than three weeks! And when I saw my Doctor this week, I had lost 3# since the last visit. And I wear shorts in public ..... quite comfortably! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99e44432-ae98-4197-b87f-c83ebbbc8638.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was happy, noticed a change and am feeling better in my clothes. But that caused me to think ............ Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:00:51 EST -My Choice-THIS Or THAT- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185098 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af8de8ae-82b8-42a0-a8b1-ed7f6e8844ff.png"> <BR> <BR> Where does it all begin? ....... perhaps the single most important thing we can exercise routinely is our WILL ........... We have the vision, the desire, and tools at our fingertips. But WILL we? .... <BR> <BR> Quite often I awake on Saturday morning ....... with such great intention. Bag is ready to go to the gym for either a swim, or cardio in the weight room. Nice to have choices. ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:53:44 EST How To DIY TUMMY TUCK! ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180566 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed7d9478-604e-4ef6-86b1-4c2b7f18e954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I had to grab needle and thread for a quick nip and tuck .... when suddenly I thought, "We live in a world now where DIY in most anything is encouraged, right?".... So what if we could take a few tucks and trim that tummy and chisel our waistline while we're at it? ... Why Not ? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f0d920f-5054-45cb-8bc8-8d8fefc47020.jpg"> <BR> ... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:29:42 EST Treat Negativity Like a Virus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177012 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56c91764-1e76-4c5e-b126-8869eb991f0f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed how you feel after someone has used you as a 'sounding board' for their gripes and complaints? ..... I know it is easy to jump on the bandwagon.......But wait .. Think things over and make up your own mind before you decide to join in. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2fe4415-e229-44a6-af6b-d6010c85fe77.jpg"> <BR> Funny how negative or positive eac... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 16:10:27 EST -Success is Not Always Black and White- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176280 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bceb5376-51bb-4d06-bebb-e3a24065c7bb.png"> <BR> <BR> Why is it we tend to give ourselves pass or fail for our week as if we need a weekly report card! We stick labels on ourselves seeing our efforts as either Pass or Fail. We categorize ...while lumping things into Win or Lose. There seems to be no-win between . <BR> Remember ........ Just because our week did not necessarily go as planned does not mean it is the end of the world. <BR> <B... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 09:53:43 EST C'mon! Is Fast Food REALLY Dangerous!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172941 After all, most all fast food places put a pickle, a slice of tomato, and lettuce leaf on the burgers! ..... Counts for one veggie, right? ... So, what's the big deal? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e41310ca-0410-4092-afeb-2bda1586048e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever wondered why they call it FAST FOOD? <BR> My thinking ...It's must be full of lots of AIR the way it blows people up! .... <em>29</em> <BR> Looking back, I am trying to recall when Fast Food and th... Mon, 30 May 2016 09:15:14 EST -Which Image Do You Choose?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170906 When you look at yourself in the mirror, WHO do you see? ..... Do you see the image you are right now .....or do you look BEYOND and see your new 'desired' body image? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58173a52-d64b-459e-9ea1-2271e1d20b45.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I noticed on Spark Coach, they frequently ask you to IMAGINE ...for instance: <BR> <BR> Spark Coach Word for 5-26-16 <BR> "For today's visualization exercise, imagine yourself doing something at your goal weight t... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:15:38 EST Q. .... Is Tracking our Foods Really Necessary? .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167453 I could ask you another question instead. <BR> How important is it that we note all entries in our bank ledger? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3ab4888-2e23-4c6b-97ab-8acf8a8a4a6f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Take Fred who says he never has the time for 'all that hoopla'. <BR> Too much bother! <BR> He is now with the banker trying to figure WHY he is overdrawn. <BR> <BR> For simplicity sake, let's say you deposit $1000 in your checking account. <BR> You go to various s... Sat, 21 May 2016 10:17:07 EST -Time to Decide- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162679 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83aae19e-6c3f-47ea-8564-03d564083bd3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever gone through a phase something like this? <BR> What do I wear today?...... what are we going to eat?.... <BR> How do I know anymore what I SHOULD eat?....... <BR> Decisions decisions!..... what to do! <BR> <BR> I noticed as I get older in life I admit to growing wiser . <BR> There also seems to be a distinct trade-off between youth and the more mature years shall we say.... Sat, 14 May 2016 09:21:25 EST -Could Be You Are More Motivated Than You Think- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158110 It seems I read a lot of posts from members saying they have no motivation or perhaps newbies wanting to know how to find motivation. <BR> <BR> It is a common topic but you know it's something each of us faces upon waking every day. We alone must decide: Every day we make the decision to progress toward our health and fitness lifestyle .......... or get caught up in the busyness of life and before you know it the sun is setting and we wish we had done something. <BR> <BR> Truth is: Wha... Sat, 7 May 2016 09:29:39 EST Look Better-Feel Better-Live Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153307 One day I asked on a Spark team:.... "What is your chief motivating reason for exercise?" <BR> I pondered my own question and this is what I came up with. <BR> It's not complicated and in fact it's really quite simple. <BR> <BR> 1. To look better <BR> 2. To feel better <BR> 3. To live longer ...looking and feeling better! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24c2a162-8ef3-442e-be94-66de658b4cf3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's a simple formula, and an easy mantra <BR> I do... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:56:12 EST